Monday, February 14, 2011

February 2011

Well, it's been a couple of weeks since I posted.  And what a couple of weeks it has been!  I was stuck in my house for a week with over 20 inches of snow in my yard!!!  Yes, you heard me right; OVER 20 INCHES OF SNOW!!!  It started snowing on a Monday night and snowed all day Tuesday.  It was the blizzard of 2011; Snowpocalypse!  My school was closed all that week cause the roads were horrible and icy and then there was so much snow in our parking lot!  We opened up the next Monday and then it snowed AGAIN on that Tuesday night!  We were open on Wednesday but I couldn't get into work.  Yet again stuck at home.  Lots to do at work with such little time to do it in.  Well, I am back at work and got it all done; WHEW!  Just gotta get through this week!!!!!  Well, here are some pics from the snow storm:


Thursday, January 27, 2011

January 2011

So, this week has not had its abundance of blessings but I guess not every week is full of daisy's!  I have been sick all week.  I started feeling bad last week but just let it go thinking it was just all this winter stuff going around.  I had too much at work to do to let this sickness get me down.  Well, this week, on Monday I was feeling horrible.  By Monday night, I couldn't be in denial anymore and called into work to tell them I would not be there on Tuesday and was going to the doctor.  So, I went to the doctor on Tuesday afternoon and I have a sinus/bronchial infection with an ear infection.  The doctor told me to stay home Wednesday and Thursday!  WHAT?!  I don't have time for that!!  Well, by that night, I felt worse!  Then, on Wednesday, I felt HORRIBLE!!   I was for sure it was the flu by now.  One of my co-workers and one little girl in my class has the flu.  Just what I needed.  So, I am staying home the rest of the week.  My co-workers and boss are being AWESOME though all this.  So, I guess the blessing of the week is God showing me that I don't have to do it ALL; I can rely on others to help me.   WOW!  I guess God does hit you upside the head sometimes!  LOL.  Well, I just hope that I am feeling better by Saturday cause I am baking Haley's 5th birthday cake!  Can't believe that girl is 5!  She wants a Cinderella cake this year!  1st birthday was Princess, 2nd was Elmo, 3rd was Minnie Mouse, 4th was Sleeping Beauty and now 5th is Cinderella!  Can you tell she is a girly girl?!  So, there is this week; thought it was all yuck and gross, but turned out there was a great blessing in it all along!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

January 2011

So, this week has been pretty interesting full of lots of ups and downs.  I had a very rough week with my Crohn's this week; even ended up staying home on Thursday cause I was in so much pain.  I also had a very stressful week at work; might have some ties to the rough week with Crohn's.  But, I had my Remicaid treatment on Friday and I am already feeling better.  I am looking forward to lots of stuff this year!  2011 is going to be full of all kinds of exciting adventures!!!  In March, I, along with some GREAT friends, are going to see Sugarland in concert here in Tulsa!!!!  And then, in July, I, along with Debby, Tabitha, and Tamara, are going to see New Kids on the Block in concert here in Tulsa!!!  I Love both groups and both groups of friends I am going with.  I have some AMAZING friends here in Tulsa!  And, now I have some AMAZING sisters to go to things with.  Who ever would have thought a few years ago, I would be going to a New Kids on the Block concert with my 2 sisters?!?!  HOW AMAZING IS MY LIFE?!  I have had a great weekend.  I am trying to get healthy this year so I have been working out again.  Now, this Saturday is ending with Bobby and I watching some football together!  LOVE IT!!!  Can't wait for church tomorrow and then family dinner with the In-laws!  Stay tuned to see what else God has in store for me!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

January 2011

Ok, so this week has been pretty cool!   Work went well, but then again, I work with some amazing people, parents and kids!  Our church here in Owasso, FCC, started their Winter Health Challenge; it's an 8 week program where we have meetings every Thursday night with small groups and a special speaker.  This past Thursday was the kick off and Danny Cahill; winner of Season 8 of Biggest Loser, was the special speaker.  He had an amazing story and then I got to meet him afterwards.  I have to admit, I got a little startstruck!  LOL!  Then, on Saturday, Debby came over to the house and we played on my new Cricut and made Haley's 5th birthday party invitations!  How Martha of us!   LOL!  It was really good getting to visit with Debby again!  We have kinda lost what we once had with each other and it was good to get a little of that back.  So, today we go to church and Bobby and I starting thinking about looking into a class with people more our age.  We found one we are going to try out so hopefully we will fit in somewhere.  So, there are already some AWESOME blessings just 9 days into this new year!!!!  Let's keep watching!!!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

January 2011

I have neglected this poor blog for too long.  2011 is going to be a great year and I want to document all the blessings that will happen within this year.  LET THE BLOGGING BEGIN!!

Friday, February 27, 2009

So, I am back at work now and loving it. I am only working part time, but it is enough to keep me busy. Because this new medicine I am taking lowers my immune system, I have changed classrooms. I was in the 12-18 month olds and I am now in the 4 year olds. It is a change, but one that I am ready to make. I had my 3rd treatment last week and it went so well. They got the IV started on first stick! That right there is a good visit. The treatment went in well with no reactions to it. I have to take Benadryl before I start the infusion, so sitting in that comfy recliner with the t.v. on in front of me with one of those warm blankets on me, I am asleep! I took off work that day and the next because it does make me blah for a couple of days. But, other than that, I felt fine with this treatment. Last time I had it I got sick the day after. So, I am now on getting the treatments every other month. My next appointment is in April! Also, my incision is finally almost healed. The last fistula is healed up, but now I have a blister that formed on my scar where my blue jeans were rubbing it. Other than that, I am doing great. I am tired alot still, but I can live with that. So, since I have been feeling good and am happy again, I went and did something to change the way I even look. Been thinking about it for a little while and talked to Bobby about it last night and he said Go For It! So, here is the new me!

Sunday, January 18, 2009


Ok, so as most people that have known me for awhile know, I am a sickly kind of person. If it is going to happen, health wise, to a person, it will happen to me (or Strina!). So, I was diagnoised with Ulcertive Colitis when I was 6 years old. Struggled with that for years. In and out of the hospital all the time, constantly on medicine that had horrible side effects, and feeling bad all the time. We finally found a great doctor in Monroe and he was wonderful. He told us about this surgery where they would remove my colon therefore removing the disease. We found the best hospital and surgeon and proceeded on with the plan. We went to the Texas Children's Hospital in Houston and did the surgery. I was 13 at the time. I had some complications after the surgery and ended up spending almost 3 months there. After that, I had really no problems. I went back to school, church, friends and normal life. We had done it! We had beat the disease. I had many, many good years. No, I had many, many Great years. I went to college, got married, and made many good memories. A couple of years ago, we noticed that I was having these strange episodes of illness. I would end up in the hospital, they would pump me full of meds, I would get better and they would let me go. We would always chalk it up to a virus or something. After Bobby and I moved here to Tulsa I started having more episodes. Doctor's were diagnoising me with UTI's. I got so many of them that I was then refered to a Urologist and they started running tests to figure out why I was so sick. They found an abcess in my belly and I was put into the hospital to remove it. They kept doing more test to figure out what was wrong. After a week in the hospital they let me go with no real idea of what was going on. Just a week or so later, I was sick again. I was now seeing a surgeon and he recommended going in and just looking around to see what was going on inside. He would also be able to remove all the scar tissue that had formed from the surgery when I was younger. We scheduled the surgery and he did his thing. While he was doing the surgery, he was pretty sure that he found Crohn's disease. I went home after another week in the hospital. I was back within a couple of weeks. I had gotten sick again and then also formed what they call Fistula's. It is where my scar had opened up in 3 places and my intestines were forming through those openings. I was put back into the hospital for 2 weeks. Finally got better to only go back into the hospital about 2 weeks later. Sick again?! What is going on. During all this time, I had not be able to get into see a Gastrointerologist. After that episode, I finally found a great doctor. The surgeon I was seeing was great too, but he was not a gastro doctor. That time I was put back in, I finally had enough and told the doctor's that I was going home to enjoy Christmas. This whole time I was on a clear liquid diet. I sat and watched the family eat Thanksgiving dinner while I enjoyed my lovely Ensure. I had to drink at least 4 of those a day to get the nutrients I needed. I got down to 89 pounds. I didn't look good at all. When I went to finally see the gastro doctor, he suggested an oral medicine that would do me good, plus another med that I would have to get through an IV. We scheduled the first dose of the new IV meds, but before I could get it I was back in the hospital. If you have lost count, that is hospital stay number 5 in 3 months. I had some blood work done when I saw the gastro doctor and it was definetly Crohn's. While I was in the hospital I asked if I could get my first round of IV meds. The doctor's ordered it and said I could start feeling better within 3 days. It was almost exactly 3 days when I started noticing a difference. Also, I had 2 more fistula's form, so that is a total of 5 now. I was having to wear a bag over them that stuck to my stomach for them to drain into. After that first round of meds, not only was I feeling better, but Bobby and I went to change the bag one day and 3 fistula's had completely healed!!!! I stopped wearing the bag and was able to just put a bandage over them. Within a couple of days of doing that, I was even down to just 1! I went back for my 2 week follow up with both the gastro and the surgeon and both were highly impressed how well I am doing. I got a release to go back to work. I hadn't been able to work since the end of September. Almost 4 months. I get my next round of IV meds this week and then 4 weeks after that. I will then get a dose every 8 weeks after that. I can't believe that with the right meds how good I feel. I haven't felt this good in a LONG time. Well, that is about where I am now. You are pretty caught up on me. I will keep updates on here. I am sure that I will have more to tell! Until then- Later gator!